City woman proves top 'mumpreneur'

Mother-of-six Bec Draper shows off her fair trade handicrafts to Ezra (front), 3, and husband Brendan with Isaac, 1, and Noah, 9. Mrs Draper has been nominated for The AusMumpreneur Awards.
Mother-of-six Bec Draper shows off her fair trade handicrafts to Ezra (front), 3, and husband Brendan with Isaac, 1, and Noah, 9. Mrs Draper has been nominated for The AusMumpreneur Awards. David Nielsen

WITH six kids to raise, running a business would be the last thing on a lot of people's minds.

But Raceview mum Bec Draper not only started a business but one that is helping provide for children in third world countries.

Her business, Esther Parties, has been nominated for a 2012 AusMumpreneur award, honouring mums from Australia and New Zealand who have founded their own businesses.

"It's all pretty exciting; I only started the business 10 months ago, so for it to be nominated for this award is amazing," she said.

Esther Parties sells a range of fair trade products made by artisans from impoverished African, Asian and South American countries.

Mrs Draper sells the items directly from the Esther Parties website, at markets and runs in-house parties with the handicrafts.

She buys some products directly from charitable organisations in Rwanda and Uganda and dealers who purchase works from across the world.

The profits Esther Parties make are then donated back to charities and to support the Ashan Children's home in Ghana.

"They have 80 children there that we've been trying to help for a while," Mrs Draper said.

"I really like the idea of ethical products, and they're quite environmentally friendly as well.

"We provide a market for artists who struggle to find hope amidst the poverty by creating beautiful handicrafts and homewares to sell.

"We sell these through a party plan system, with our consultants earning a commission payment, and we donate the profits to others living in poverty, less able to support themselves, such as orphans and those with disabilities.

"I love recognising the great skills I've developed as a mum, and building them into something that will continue to give me direction, passion and purpose when my children are grown.

"I value the opportunity to mix parenthood and business; to prove you can do both at the same time."

Finalists in the AusMumpreneur will be selected by a public vote at connect2mums.ning.com with voting closing at midnight on Sunday, July 22.

The winners of the awards will be announced at a presentation dinner in Sydney on Saturday, September 8.

Topics:  esther parties, mumpreneur



Local Real Estate

Featured Real Estate
Low Maintenance Living... $440,000
House 3 1 1
Magnificent Ocean and... $435,000
House 2 1 1
Waterfront Home with... $525,000
House 4 2 2
Van & Boat Owners this... $449,000
House 4 2 2
STEEL FRAME HOMES OWNER... STEEL FRAME HOMES OWNER BUILDERS Great deals to suite each Individual. Quality, ...
Fully Renovated 3... $729,000
Unit 3 2 1
Ocean, Broadwater and... $649,000
House 4 3 2
FULLY SELF CONTAINED MOD... FULLY SELF CONTAINED MOD HOMES $14,990K for 6 x 2.4 x 2.5m ...
Ground Floor Kirra... $279,000
Unit 2 1 1
House Sized Duplex with... $399,000
House 3 2 2

Featured Jobs

finda logo

Tweed jobs listed daily

Featured Jobs
Diesel Mechanic Murwillumbah Full Time
ballina shire council... ballina shire council PLANT OPERATOR Competently and efficiently operate a variety of ...
TIPTRUCKDRIVER Byron Bay Full Time
Aquamarine Personalised... Aquamarine Personalised Home Care Caring people needed to provide in-home non-medical support ...
... join us on the... $65177.00
... join us on the beautiful NSW north coast, enjoy flexible work ...
Professional Qualified... Tweed Heads Full Time
RN Tweed Heads Part Time


Local Partners

LATEST DEALS AND OFFERS

Job Listings

Search for your next job now.
Learn More

Cars For Sale

Find cars for sale online now.
Learn More

Property Listings

Search for a property online right now.
Learn More

Local Profile

Stay Connected

Get the news as it happens, in your inbox

You can change the newsletters you are subscribed to when you edit your profile

Edit Profile


Special Offers

Latest deals and offers

Horoscopes

Virgo

You may be cornered into making a decision and this is not good. Await more favourable transit before signing on the dotted line.  You...

read more

Marketplace

Special Offers & Promotions

Compare & Save